Concordville, PA, (October 22, 2012) The Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Association and State Farm Insurance will demonstrate the impaired driving Safety SIMulator this Monday, October 22 at Eastern York High School. The Safety SIMulator will be at the high school from 8:30 am to 2:00pm.
The Safety SIM is a virtual driving experience that allows students to sit in a real car cockpit with working instruments and a three-screen, 120° view. The Safety SIM creates impaired driving scenarios in which the driver or other vehicles on the road are being operated by someone under the influence. The system operator can take the driver through a selection of hundreds of different driving scenarios. This risk free setting allows drivers to gain a better understanding of the risks associated with impaired driving.
With its real dashboard, steering wheel and drivers seat, the Safety SIM provides realistic, hands-on experience. The lessons in safe driving and the effects of impairment learned by a teens experience with the Safety SIM will have a positive impact upon the participants future decisions-and help prevent risky behaviors, hopefully saving lives.
The Safety SIMulator is an educational tool that can help shape a safe future for our youth, says State Farm Agent Bonnie Stambaugh of Wrightsvillle. Vehicle crashes are more common among young drivers than any other age group. One in four crash fatalities in the United States involve a 16- to 24-year-old driver. State Farm, along with our partners at PA DUI, is working hard to change these alarming statistics.
Lessons learned from a teens experience with the Safety SIMulator are likely to have a positive impact upon the participants future decisions and help prevent risky behavior, hopefully saving lives.
Whether we have a teen driver in our family or not, we should all care about this issue, adds Stambaugh. When most people think about those affected by teen driver crashes, they think of the teens behind the wheel. We must also consider the significant impact of these crashes on other members of our communities: occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road-users.
A 2011 national research report from The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm shows that the impact of teen driver crashes extends far beyond teen drivers families and friends. In 2008, more than half a million (681,000) people were involved in crashes where a teen driver was behind the wheel. More than 40,000 were injured, and nearly 30 percent of those who died in these crashes were not in cars driven by teens.
Dave Phillips, State Farm Public Affairs, (610) 358-7667
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